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NESCO proposes 15.30% retail power price hike
State-owned Northern Electricity Supply Company Ltd (NESCO) on Wednesday proposed hiking its electricity tariff by 15.30 percent considering the proposed increase in bulk tariff.   NESCO presented the proposal at the public hearing organised by Bangladeshi Energy Regulatory Commission or BERC at the TCB Auditorium in Dhaka. According to the company`s proposal, the existing average retail tariff is Tk 6.73 per unit while it wants it to be raised to Tk 7.76 per unit.  NESCO is a new state-owned company which was established in October last year in the districts under Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions taking over the power distribution activities from the Power Development Board. Placing the proposal at the public hearing arranged by the BERC, Md Zakiul Islam, Managing Director of the NESCO, said they need to raise the tariff to cover its loss because of enhanced staff salary and some development works. The BERC technical committee, which evaluated the tariff hike proposal, said the company may raise its tariff maximum by Tk 0.89 per unit.
Public hearing on bulk power tariff reduction Thursday
October 4, 2017 Wednesday 9:04 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) will hold a public hearing on Thursday on a proposal placed by the Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) to reduce the bulk power tariff. This is for the first time that the energy watchdog is entertaining such a proposal from the consumer rights group for public hearing. CAB has proposed reducing the bulk tariff price by Tk 1.32 per unit taking different measures and implementing the previous BERC order to ensure the purchase of least cost electricity by Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB). Earlier, the BERC started public hearings on September 25 by entertaining a proposal of state-owned PDB to raise the power tariff by 22.24 percent or Tk 1.09 per unit at the bulk level. Currently, the bulk tariff of per unit electricity is Tk 4.90. The PDB wants it to be refixed at Tk 5.99. A technical evaluation committee of the regulator, which thoroughly examined the BPDB proposal, found gross inconsistency in the BPDB`s accounting statements and recommended a rise by only 11.78 percent to Tk 5.41 per unit. The CAB and other consumers groups strongly opposed the PDB’s proposal and placed their counter proposal to reduce the tariff by Tk 1.32 per unit. Against this backdrop, BERC Chairman Monowar Islam accepted the proposal and issued an order to hold a public hearing on it. However, the energy regulator, headed by its chairman, will take the final decision on the tariff hike proposal within 90 days on conclusion of the current series of hearings. In the CAB proposal, submitted by its advisor Prof M Shamsul Alam, it was shown that the PDB could easily save about Tk 6661 crore by taking some measures.   
Category: Power
BPDB seeks 14.74% hike; regulator’s technical body recommends 11.78%
September 25, 2017 Monday 11:13 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
The technical evaluation committee of the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) has recommended hiking of the bulk electricity price by Tk 0.54 (11.78 per cent) per unit instead of Tk 0.87 (14.78 per cent) proposed by the state-run Bangladesh Power Development Board (PDB). The committee made the recommendation after holding a discussion and hearing on the PDB proposal at BERC office in Dhaka on Monday. BPDB submitted the price hike proposal to BERC earlier on February 20. On the other hand, Consumer rights groups, business bodies and left leaning political parties strongly opposed the government entity’s power tariff hike proposal at the public hearing that began at the TCB Auditorium.  The technical evaluation committee of the regulator, which thoroughly examined the BPDB proposal, found gross inconsistency in the BPDB’s accounting statements and recommended a rise by only 11.78 percent to Tk 5.41per unit. However, the BERC, headed by its chairman, will take the final decision on the tariff hike proposal on conclusion of the current series of hearings. BERC chairman Monwar Islam presided over the public hearing session while other members of the regulatory body -- Rahman Murshed, Abdul Aziz Khan, Mizanur Rahman, and Masudul Haque Bhuiyan -- were present on the occasion. The BPDB urged the regulator to raise the power tariff both at the bulk and retail levels while the distribution companies called for enhancing tariff at the retail level only.  Opposing the BPDB’s proposal, CAB adviser Prof Shamsul Alam raised a volley of questions about the justification of the proposal saying it is mysterious that why BPDB does not supply gas to generate power at low cost. But that gas is diverted to private power plants and BPDB is forced to buy power at much higher rates. He said liquid fuel is supplied to BPDB at much higher rates which the private plants are getting at much lower rates. Shamsul Alam said if such discriminations, distortions and irregularities are removed, the BPDB will not need to raise power tariff at the bulk level. “If the bulk level price is up, the retail level will go up.” The BERC will hold a public hearing on retail tariff proposal of BPDB on Tuesday.
Category: Power
Public hearing on power price change starts Sept 25
September 24, 2017 Sunday 11:20 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) will hold public hearings for seven days in two phases from September 25 on price change for bulk and retail electricity. The public hearings would be held from September 25 to 28 and from October 2 to 4, on proposals submitted by six state-owned electricity production and distribution companies, to fix new bulk and retail power tariffs, said BERC Secretary Md Mahbubur Rahman. All companies and agencies from the power sector have already submitted their proposals to BERC on electricity price change at the retail level and the BERC has formally accepted the proposals. The hearing on bulk power tariff proposals of the Power Development Board (PDB) will be held on September 25, retail proposals of the PDB on September 26, Rural Electrification Board (REB) on September 27, Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) on September 28, Dhaka Electric Supply Company (Desco) on October 2, West Zone Power Company on October 3 and North-West Zone Power Distribution Company on October 4. On February 20, the state-owned PDB sent a proposal to BERC to increase the power tariff at bulk level by Tk0.72 per unit.
Category: Power
India collaborating with Russia for nuclear power plant in Bangladesh
September 22, 2017 Friday 12:37 PM By The Economic Times
India said on Wednesday it is collaborating with Russia to build the Rooppur nuclear power plant in Bangladesh, the first initiative under a Indo-Russia deal to undertake atomic energy projects in third countries. This will also be India`s first atomic energy venture abroad. "We are collaborating with our Russian and Bangladeshi partners on establishing Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Bangladesh," Atomic Energy Commission chairman Sekhar Basu said at the 61st general conference of the global nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Dr Basu`s remarks are significant given that the Indian nuclear establishment for years has not been able to grow, internationally, due to sanctions imposed on New Delhi post the 1974 Pokhran tests. It was, however, not clear what kind of "collaboration" India was doing since it is not a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) - a 48 member grouping that controls the export of materials, equipment and technology that can be used to manufacture nukes. According to the December 2014 `Strategic Vision for Strengthening Cooperation in Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy` between India and Russia, the "two sides will explore opportunities for sourcing materials, equipment and services from Indian industry for the construction of the Russian- designed nuclear power plants in third countries". India signed a civil nuclear cooperation deal, along with two more agreements, with Bangladesh in April under which the two sides can supply and manufacture equipment, material for the atomic power plant. The Rooppur project, which is being built by the Russians near Dhaka, will be Bangladesh`s first atomic energy project. After commissioning of two units, each with a capacity of 1200 MWs, Bangladesh will be the third South Asian country after India and Pakistan to harness energy from atomic fission. The Indian government has approved construction of 10 new indigenously built nuclear power projects, Dr Basu informed the IAEA. "With these reactors we will now have 21 reactors under construction and 22 reactors in operation. This will increase the capacity to over 22,000 MW by the end of next decade," he said. To cater to the needs of the country`s expanding nuclear power programme, the Department of Atomic Energy is also stepping up exploration and mining operations for uranium production, Dr Basu added.
Category: Nuclear
Wärtsilä to supply 220 MW power plant to Bangladesh`s Orion Group
September 21, 2017 Thursday 10:57 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply two more power plants to Bangladesh. Orion Group, one of the country’s leading industrial conglomerates, is developing two 110 MW power plants, each of which will operate on six Wärtsilä 50 engines running on heavy fuel oil (HFO). The Wärtsilä order was booked in July, 2017, said a press release from Wärtsilä. The contract for these base load plants follows a string of power plant orders that Wärtsilä has received from Bangladeshi companies. The country continues to invest in developing its energy infrastructure in order to meet the electric needs for industrial developments, and to overcome a general power shortage. The two equipment supply contracts are for the Orion Power Rupsha and the Orion Power Sonargaon projects. The Rupsha plant, located in Lodonchora, is being developed on a fast-track schedule and is due to become fully operational in May 2018. The six Wärtsilä 50 engines will be delivered in December of this year. The Sonargaon plant is scheduled to be in operation by August, 2018 with the Wärtsilä delivery scheduled for January of that year. The electricity generated by these plants will be fed to the national grid. “We have previously installed Wärtsilä engines in three other power plant projects and we have had very good experience with them. Both the equipment and the support we receive from the company are reliable and efficient, and we are very pleased to have them as a partner in these two important projects,” commented Salman Karim, Managing Director of Orion Power. Wärtsilä’s ability to deliver in accordance with the tight scheduling needs of these contracts was cited as being an important factor in the award of these contracts. Furthermore, the low heat rate of the Wärtsilä 50 engine fulfills the customer’s expectations. These latest deliveries will bring Wärtsilä’s total installed base in Bangladesh to more than 3700 MW.
Category: Power
EPC deal signed to build 150 MW power plant in Ashuganj
September 21, 2017 Thursday 10:32 AM By UNB
Midland East Power Ltd, a local private company, on September 17 signed an EPC (engineering, procurement construction) contract with a Chinese-Bangladeshi consortium for construction of a 150 MW furnace oil-based power plant in Ashuganj in the country. The consortium of CRRC Siynang Co,. Ltd of China and local Green Power Ltd undertook the job to work as EPC contractor. The Midland won the project from the government on unsolicited basis to set up the power plant and sale electricity as independent power producer (IPP). State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shariar Alam, who was present at the signing ceremony at a local hotel, welcomed the deal and called both the sponsor and EPC contractor to make efforts for timely the implementation of the project so that the government can take power as per its schedule. As per schedule, the sponsor will have to set up the project within 9 months from the date of contract to be signed with government. The State Minister urged to remain cautious about the condition of the project to avert punishment saying that if the sponsor fails to implement the project as per schedule, it will have to face penalty. Managing director of Midland Power Rezaul Hayat, Green Power managing director Sheikh Ehsanul Habib and officials of the CRRC also spoke on the occasion. Officials said Eastern Bank and IDCOL have been financing the project.
Category: Power
United Group wins 200 MW power plant in Mymensingh
September 21, 2017 Thursday 10:27 AM By UNB
Local conglomerate United Group have won the contract to build another 200MW furnace oil-fired power plant in Mymensingh. United were awarded a BOO, or build-operate-own contract for the project, which means after a specified period during which United will first set it up, as well as manage production of the electricity at the plant, all of which would be sold to the government. Cabinet purchase committee on Wednesday approved a proposal of the Power Development Board (PDB) to purchase electricity from independent power producer (IPP) project at a tariff of 10.7 cents per kilowatt hour (Tk 8.5 per unit) for next 15 years. The plant will run at 80 percent plant factor with 12 percent discount factor. To purchase all the electricity produced at the plant over the next 15 years, the government will pay Tk 17,640 crore. However, in a condition attached to the contract, United will have to set up the plant within 9 months of signing of the contract – that is expected to take place in the near future. Earlier, United Group won and implemented a number of IPP projects. The cabinet body, with AMA Muhith in the chair, also approved another proposal of Power Ministry to award a contract to supply 23,211 distribution transformers. Local firm Confidence Electric Ltd won the contract at a cost of Tk 170 crore.
Category: Power
Petrobangla inks MoU with Gunvor for LNG supply
September 19, 2017 Tuesday 10:23 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Petrobangla, the state-run oil, gas and mineral resources corporation, on Tuesday signed another non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with trading agency Gunvor Singapore Pte Ltd to procure liquefied natural gas (LNG). The MoU was signed at a function at Petro Center in Dhaka. Petrobangla Secretary Syed Ashfaquzzaman and Speeleveled, Head of LNG-BD Asia of Gunvor Singapore PTE Ltd, signed the MoU on behalf of their respective sides. With this, Petrobangla tied up with five companies to facilitate LNG imports. Bangladesh signed its first MoU to import LNG with Qatar in 2011, then this year did MoUs with Switzerland-based AOT Energy on June 13, Oman Trading International of Oman in early September and Pertamina of Indonesia on September 15. About the MoU, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid, who was present at the signing ceremony as the chief guest, said the government would ensure energy security by supplying primary fuel continuously. "Mixed gas will be supplied to the industries by mixing LNG with natural gas that would lead to slight price hike but would be more profitable for the businessmen," he said. He said the gas crisis in the country would be reduced from April next year. Besides long-term agreements with different state-owned enterprises, the government would also explore spot markets and invite tenders for mid-to-long-term contracts to import LNG. Petrobangla and Gunvor will prepare document for commercial agreement later. Besides, 41 companies expressed their interest for LNG purchase from spot market and the Masters Sales Procurement Agreements (MSPA) would be signed after preparing the panel, said Nasrul. He said in the first phase, 500 mmcfd LNG will be used in Chittagong region from April 2018, while 500 mmcfd LNG would be supplied for the middle part of the country from October 2018 in the second phase. Petrobangla now supplies approximately 2,750 million cubic feet per day against a demand for more than 3,700 mmcfd gas leading to interruption on power generation and industrial productions. Among others, Secretary of Energy and Mineral Resources Division Nazimuddin Chowdhury and Petrobangla chairman Abul Mansur Md Fayzullah spoke at the function.
Category: Gas
Mostafa Kamal made new advisor of Summit Power Limited
September 16, 2017 Saturday 12:33 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Summit Power Limited, the largest independent power producer in Bangladesh, has recently appointed Md. Mostafa Kamal as its new advisor. On his appointment he said, “I am pleased to be a part of Summit Power that employs numerous Bangladeshi engineers by creating high skilled jobs and has great track record in technology transfer.” Prior to joining Summit, he held important positions such as Managing Director of Electricity Generation Company of Bangladesh (EGCBL), Director IPP Cell, Chief Engineer (Generation), Member (Distribution and Generation) in Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and also Director General, Power Cell under Power Division, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources. He is a B.Sc. Engineer (Mechanical) from BUET.    
Category: Power
Bhola power plant to use GE technical support
September 16, 2017 Saturday 12:14 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
General Electric (GE) has recently announced that it has been selected by the Shapoorji Pallonji Group (SP Group) to supply the power generation equipment for the upcoming 220-megawatt (MW) combined cycle power plant in the Bhola district of Bangladesh, the company said in a press statement. This will be GE’s second power plant in Bhola of the same capacity with the first being commissioned in 2015. The announcement continues GE’s regional leadership in delivering innovative technologies and state-of-the-art equipment to its power generation customers in South Asia, strengthening GE’s installed base in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. “The Bhola power project will be an important milestone for the Shapoorji Pallonji Group in Bangladesh, contributing towards increasing the country’s power generation capacity. GE’s technological prowess and on-the-ground local market expertise proved to be a huge advantage for our teams right through the process of configuration selection, to submission of cutting edge performance parameters and detailed proposal to the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB).
Category: Power
Bangladesh looks to import LNG from Indonesia
September 16, 2017 Saturday 12:02 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh`s Petrobangla is in discussion with Indonesia`s Pertamina to import more than 1.0 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the state energy company as early as 2018. Under an initial agreement signed by the energy ministers of both countries on September 15, Indonesia will continue discussions with Bangladesh to develop LNG infrastructure in the South Asian country, and potentially supply LNG to Bangladesh, said a press release. "Bangladesh is going hungry for the energy day by day," said Nasrul Hamid, Bangladesh`s minister for electricity, energy and mineral resources. "We are looking for more opportunities in LNG," Hamid said. Pertamina Gas Director Yenni Andayani said the agreement was "just the beginning, opening opportunities to develop business." Bangladesh, a country of more than 160 million people, may import as much as 17.5 million tonnes of LNG a year by 2025, as its domestic gas reserves dwindle and demand grows. Bangladesh expects to sign its first ever LNG import deal in Qatar later this month to help cover a shortfall of domestic natural gas, underscoring the rise of South Asia as a new marketfor the fuel. Petrobangla is finalising several floating storage and regasification units, the first of which is expected to commence operations in April 2018, said Petrobangla chairman Abul Mansur Md Faizullah in Jakarta on Friday. The state company is in discussions with several potential LNG suppliers. "At present we are with Pertamina. We have not decided it yet," Faizullah told reporters, referring to the potential deal with Indonesia`s national oil and gas company. "The initial perception is it might be 1.0 million tonnes per year," he said. Petrobangla is seeking about 7.0 million tones per year of LNG from next year from several sources, he said.
Category: Gas
Bangladesh set to sign 15-year LNG import deal with Qatar
September 14, 2017 Thursday 8:35 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh will sign a 15-year deal with Qatar’s RasGas Co to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) starting in 2018 as the country transforms into a major consumer of the supercooled fuel, two officials told Reuters. The deal will be signed on September 25 in Qatar, said Mohammad Quamruzzaman, Managing Director of the Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Co, part of state-owned oil firm Petrobangla. Under the deal, RasGas will supply 1.8 million tonnes a year of LNG for the first five years and to 2.5 million tonnes over the next 10 years, the Petrobangla officials said. The agreement is Bangladesh’s first LNG import agreement ever. Qatar is the world’s biggest LNG exporter and the fuel will cover the country’s domestic natural gas shortfall.
Category: Gas
15-yr deal likely with India to import diesel thru’ pipeline
September 13, 2017 Wednesday 1:59 PM By UNB
A move is underway to sign a 15-year deal with India to annually import 250,000 tonnes to 400,000 tonnes of diesel from the neighbouring country through a cross-border pipeline. After a long discussion between Dhaka and New Delhi, the Bangladesh government has finally decided to sign the contract with India to import petroleum, according to official sources. They said the Cabinet Economic Affairs Committee approved a proposal in principle in this regard on August 23. The whole consignment of petroleum will come through a cross-border pipeline from India`s Numaligarh refinery, located in Gloaghat in north-eastern Indian state of Assam, while Bangladesh will receive it at Parbatipur petroleum fuel depot in north-western district of Dinajpur. To facilitate the import, both the neighbours have to build a 130-km cross-border pipeline, named as `Indo-Bangla Friendship Pipeline`, of which a 125-km one is to be laid in Bangladesh while only 5-km in India. Official sources said though most part of the proposed pipeline is to be laid in Bangladesh part, Indian government will provide about Rs 303 crore as a grant to build the pipeline project in Bangladesh portion. However, Bangladesh will build and operate the pipeline in its part while India will build and operate the pipeline in its portion. While promising the grant for the pipeline, the officials said New Delhi tagged a pre-condition that Dhaka has to first sign a `Sales & Purchase Agreement (SPA) to receive the grant. In compliance with the New Delhi`s condition, the Cabinet Economic Affairs Committee, the highest policymaking body in making economic decision, especially any big purchase without tender, approved a proposal of the Energy Division to sign the SPA. Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) officials said once they received the copy of the cabinet body`s approval, they will move to sign the SPA. "We hope, the SPA will be signed within a month or two and then the initiative for the construction of pipeline will be taken. It`ll take at least two years to complete the construction," a top official of the BPC told UNB requesting anonymity as he is not authorised to speak on the issue. An official document obtained by UNB revealed that in the SPA, the `premium` or transportation cost of the petroleum was fixed at $5.5 per barrel of diesel and the price of petroleum will be fixed on the basis of price on the international oil market. Bangladesh now imports diesel with a premium of $4.4 per barrel. The documents also reveal that Bangladesh will annually import 250,000 metric tonnes in the first three years, 300,000 mt annually in the 4th to 6th years, 350,000 mt annually in the 7th to 10th years and 400,000 mt annually from the 11th to 15th years.
Category: Petroleum
Bangladesh, Russia deal sign on return of spent nuclear fuel
August 30, 2017 Wednesday 11:21 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh on Wednesday signed an inter-government agreement with Moscow in the Russian capital on return of hazardous nuclear waste or spent nuclear fuel to be discharged from Rooppur Nuclear power Plant being constructed with their assistance. Science and Technology Minister Yeafesh Osman from Bangladesh side and Russia’s state nuclear authority Rosatom’s Director General Alexey Likhachev signed the deal, Science and Technology Ministry information officer Md Kamrul Islam Bhuiyan told energynewsbd.com. The Science and technology ministry, meanwhile, issued a statement in Dhaka saying Bangladesh attached high importance on returning nuclear waste or spent nuclear fuel to Russia from the very beginning of the process. “This matter was also mentioned in the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) signed between Bangladesh and Russia in 2011,” it said referring to the background of the deal. Science and Technology Secretary M Anwar Hossain, Bangladesh Ambassador in Moscow Dr. Saiful Hoque and Rooppur plant`s Project Director Dr. Mohammad Shawkat Akbar were present among others during the signing ceremony at the Rosatom headquarters. Russia earlier agreed to sign the agreement to return RNPP`s spent fuel while the Bangladesh cabinet on June 5, 2017 approved a draft of the treaty titled agreement between the Russian Federation and Bangladesh on Cooperation concerning return of spent nuclear fuel from Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant to the Russian Federation. The agreement stipulates provisions for reprocessing of the spent Russian nuclear fuel from the Rooppur NPP at subsidiary enterprises of Rosatom. Implementation of the agreement will define the procedure for treatment of the spent nuclear fuel of Rooppur NPP project, said a press release from Rosatom on Wednesday. “Rooppur NPP will be equipped with two Russian VVER reactors, each with a minimum capacity of 1,200 MW. The VVER-1200 offered by Rosatom is a modern generation 3+ project which meets all post-Fukushima safety standards and international rules,” said Alexey Likhachev. “The agreement constitutes a major milestone of the Rooppur NPP construction project which has become a symbol of a new stage in development of bilateral cooperation of our countries even before the start of the construction.” he added. Both the sides have prepared an intergovernmental agreement on the treatment of the spent nuclear fuel of the Rooppur NPP. In accordance with the established procedure, the document was approved by the government of the Russian Federation and the government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. It is planned to prepare and sign commercial contracts as part of the further development of the intergovernmental agreement. The Rooppur NPP is the largest joint project based on Russian technologies that will allow Bangladesh to enter into the international community of countries, who use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. Implementation of the project is given the highest national priority in Bangladesh. The construction of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) is implemented under an intergovernmental agreement signed between Russia and Bangladesh on November 2, 2011. On December 25, 2015 ASE group of companies (ROSATOM’s subsidiary) signed a contract to construct Rooppur NPP consisting of two VVER power units, each with a capacity of 1,200 MW. The NPP construction site is located 160 km from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, on the east bank of the Padma river. The first of two units is expected to go into operation in 2023, the second– in 2024. The design of the innovative Generation 3+ power unit which will be installed on Rooppur NPP includes the most powerful type of VVER-1200 reactor, as well as a high-speed turbine specially designed for new-generation NPPs. It provides the highest level of operational safety and fully meets all post-Fukushima requirements strictly set by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).  
Category: Nuclear
BPDB signs agreement with Indian company to buy 220 MW power
August 28, 2017 Monday 10:10 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The state-owned Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) signed the power purchase agreement (PPA) with Nutan Bidyut Bangladesh Limited, a newly formed power company by Shapoorji Pallonji Group of India, for procuring 220 megawatt (MW) electricity in the country. The Shapoorji Pallonji will set up the duel fuel power plant at Borhanuddin island of Bhola district within next 28 months and start commercial operation by December 2019. Secretary of BPDB Mina Masud-uz-Zaman and J Sinha Mahapatra Director of Nutan Bidyut Bangladesh Limited signed the PPA on behalf of their respective sides at the Bidyut Bhaban in Dhaka on Monday. The BPDB would purchase electricity from the plant for next 22 years at tariff of 3.9830 US Cent (equivalent to Tk 3.1864 per unit) per kilowatt hour for gas-fired generation and 16.9621 US Cent (equivalent to Tk 13.57 per unit) when the plant will run by diesel at 212 MW capacity. Welcoming the deal with Shapoorji Pallonji, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid noted it is the first Indian company which has moved to set up a power plant here with hundred percent private investment. Urging the Indian company to complete its project before the next general election, he said the government has a plan to increase power generation by 2,000 MW each year. The function was addressed, among others, by Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, Petrobangla Chairman Abul Mansur Md. Faizullah and BPDB chairman Khaled Mahmood.
Category: Power
Bangladeshi students studying in Russia visit Rooppur project site
August 21, 2017 Monday 11:00 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
A group of 34 Bangladeshi students studying nuclear science in Russia visited the under construction Rooppur Nuclear Power Project site at Ishwardi on August 20, 2017. The students are in Bangladesh at the moment to enjoy their annual summer vacation. The main purpose of the visit was to practically acquaint the future nuclear specialists of the country with the implementation process of the project, said a press release. During the day long program, organized by Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) the students were taken around different parts of the project and were briefed on the ongoing construction activities. They were also explained the various steps of implementation of the country’s first ever nuclear power plant. The Project Director Dr. Shawkat Akbar stressed the necessity of skilled manpower for a developed and sustainable nuclear infrastructure of the country. He further informed that the Bangladesh government has been working in that direction. Dr. Akbar hoped that the Bangladeshi students studying in Russia by virtue of their eligibility will be able to work for at the Rooppur nuclear power plant and will take the opportunity to utilize their knowledge and experience, gathered in Russia. After visiting the site, Zaima Huque, a first year nuclear engineering student of MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) said, “I will be proud to work for the first ever nuclear power plant of the country. I intend to play significant role in development of nuclear industry in the country with my knowledge, experience and merit.” Masudur Rahman, a post-graduate nuclear engineering student of the same university while sharing his experience said, “Rooppur nuclear power plant is a matter of pride for all of us. It is going to let us enter the global nuclear elite club. Progress of the project work is really satisfactory and I hope that we’ll be able to get electricity from the project within the stipulated time. Given the opportunity I’ll dedicate myself to this prestigious project for the sake of my country.” As the part of human resources development for the nuclear industry and under a bilateral agreement, 43 Bangladeshi students are studying nuclear science in Russian renowned National Research Nuclear University – MEPhI both in pre and post-graduate levels. As per agreement Russian government is providing scholarships to meritorious Bangladeshi students to study nuclear science in their country. ASE Group of Companies, A sister concern of the Russia’s State Nuclear Energy Corporation (ROSATOM) is constructing the Rooppur nuclear power plant in the district of Pabna. Two 3+ generation nuclear power units, each of 1,200 MW capacity to be set up at the project. The main phase of construction is expected to begin in the nearest future.
Category: Nuclear
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